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Field Visit

Date 10 October 2000

Event ID 612534

Category Recording

Type Field Visit


Standing figure of Ramsay wearing a night cap, in the act of composing. He holds a book in his left hand and a pencil in his right. On a pedestal decorated with portrait heads in high relief of Lord Murray (north side), Mrs Ramsay (west side), General Ramsay (south side), and Lady Campbell and Mrs Malcolm (east side).

The whole stands on a base which houses the works of the floral clock, with cannons projecting from the corners. Below each cannon is a small head: (1) female (on the north-east, facing east); (2) bearded male (on the south-east, facing east); (3) female (on the south-east, facing south); (4) female (on the south-west, facing south); (5) female child (on the south-west, facing west); (6) bearded male (on the north-west, facing west). Each head has foliage in place of hair. On the west side of the base is an arched door, over which is a thick carved rope, knotted at each end.

Allan Ramsay, born in Leadhills 1686. Died 1758. Wig-maker and poet.

Inscriptions : On front of pedestal:


At base of each portrait head:

LORD MURRAY (north side);


GENERAL RAMSAY (south side);

[MRS R]AMSAY (west side).

Signatures : On the west side of the statue:


Design period : 1857 - 1865

Year of unveiling : 1865

Unveiling details : 25 March 1865

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0174)

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